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clasper


clasper


  1  definition  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Clasper  \Clasp"er\,  n. 
  1.  One  who  or  that  which  clasps,  as  a  tendril.  ``The 
  claspers  of  vines.''  --Derham. 
 
  2.  (Zo["o]l.) 
  a  One  of  a  pair  of  organs  used  by  the  male  for  grasping 
  the  female  among  many  of  the  Crustacea. 
  b  One  of  a  pair  of  male  copulatory  organs,  developed  on 
  the  anterior  side  of  the  ventral  fins  of  sharks  and 
  other  elasmobranchs.  See  Illust.  of  {Chim[ae]ra}.